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October 10, 2023, the Canadian Government is starting to issue invitations for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). Over the next fortnight, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) intends to distribute invitations to 24,200 potential sponsors who have expressed their interest.
IRCC aims to collect up to 15,000 complete applications. Importantly, only those families of sponsors who have previously expressed interest in filling the sponsor form are eligible to receive these invitations.
🍁Parents and Grandparents Program – 2023
Just a month ago, the unveiling of this new wave of invitations was made by IRCC. Given the residual forms in the 2020 submission pool, the IRCC will target those potential sponsors for the invitations, sidelining the need for a fresh set of interest to sponsor forms.
For those who expressed their interest in 2020 but missed the Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the next two years, it is advisable to double-check the email address provided during their initial submission.
Navigating the PGP
The operating structure of the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is rooted in a lottery system. Potential sponsors, who are either Canadian citizens or permanent residents, begin their journey by submitting an interest in sponsorship form. These entries are then collected into a pool from which IRCC randomly selects recipients of ITAs. Upon receipt of ITA, a period of 60 days is allotted to submit the detailed application.
To qualify, sponsors must:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Reside in Canada
- Hold 🍁 Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or be registered as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
- Demonstrate the financial ability to support your invitees by meeting minimum income requirements for the past three years. Co-signer is allowed to be included for considering cumulative income.
Sponsors are tasked with the financial maintenance of parents or grandparents for 20 years from the moment they are granted permanent residence. They are also obliged to return any social welfare benefits given by the government to parents or grandparents during these two decades.
Sponsors residing in Quebec need to align with the Quebec immigration sponsorship norms post their IRCC approval. The financial standing of the sponsor is also evaluated by the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI), necessitating the endorsement of an undertaking agreement.
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